National Guard dropping life-saving supplies to communities surrounded by water

3rd Class Johanna Strickland U.S. Coast Guard District 8 PADET Houston

The members of the 179th Infantry Regiment and the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were packed and ready to go to Austin.

The guardsmen will conduct search and rescue operations, as well as other mission requirements as needed.

At least 42 people were killed and tens-of-thousands were forced from their homes after Harvey made landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast on August 25.

The Iowa Army National Guard will head to Houston, Texas today to help with Hurricane Harvey. A week ago, historic flooding began across the region, sending the Texas National Guard into high alert.

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Hutchinson authorized 1,500 guardsmen to be sent to Texas, and they'll deploy on Saturday, he said.

Hapgood added that this is not the first time Iowa soldiers have been called on following a major storm. Some groups of Texas National Guard soldiers in Houston have relied on cellphones, and in some cases social media, to communicate as radio communication has become hard across the sprawling Texas city.

"The soldiers will join Guardsmen from across the nation who are being activated in response to Hurricane Harvey", the Guard's statement reads.

"For the people that need that, that's how they're staying alive, no food, no water", said Brian Hurst, Liberty's Fire Chief.

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